Harnessing Intellectual Property to Build Food Security (2015–2020)
Food security is a very real problem in many Asian Pacific countries today. While not an issue in Australia, there is
an urgent need to improve agricultural yields, increase sustainability, enhance the breeding of new plant varieties,
and to assist Australian agriculture to adapt to climatic and environmental changes. At the same time, an unmet
demand for food in the region provides an important opportunity for Australian agriculture. If a food-secure future
for Australia and the Asia Pacific is to be achieved, higher agricultural yields must be produced from increasingly
limited or degraded inputs. This project critically examines the role intellectual property is able to play in meeting
these interrelated challenges and opportunities.